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Telkom doubles data

Telkom has announced that they will double the data allocation on all their Smart Broadband LTE prepaid and post-paid deals while leaving prices untouched.

This promotional offer is immediately available to both new and existing LTE prepaid and LTE contract customers purchasing these bundles will be able to reap the benefits.

“Telkom has worked hard to provide high quality products targeted at our consumers at reduced prices. This has ensured that we drastically reduce the cost to communicate and broaden access to ICT services for many South Africans,” said Attila Vitai, CEO of Telkom Retail.

The Doubled Data LTE/LTE-A Once-Off pre-paid and post-paid bundles on offer are:

Bundles Size Data Allocation Price
SmartBroadband Wireless 10GB 10GB anytime and 10GB Night Surfer R249
SmartBroadband Wireless 20GB 20GB anytime and 20GB Night Surfer R349
SmartBroadband Wireless 40GB 40GB anytime and 40GB Night Surfer R449
SmartBroadband Wireless 60GB 60GB anytime and 60GB Night Surfer R549
SmartBroadband Wireless 100GB 100GB anytime and 100GB Night Surfer R749
SmartBroadband Wireless 200GB 200GB anytime and 200GB Night Surfer R1049

To make the purchasing of the prepaid bundles more convenient for customers Telkom provides various ways in which to make the purchase. Customers can purchase their once-off and recurring LTE/LTE-A prepaid bundles by using the USSD code *180# from their cell phone, or via the self-service portal, Telkom App (which is only supported by IOS and Android) or by asking a consultant in a Telkom store. Existing Telkom LTE contract subscribers will be able to migrate to these Double Data deals in order to benefit from the double data allocations at current prices.

“All South Africans want more affordable, high speed connections, and effective and efficient communication means. Our doubling of data on our Smartbroadband LTE pre-paid and post-paid packages with no impact on the pricing is a further testament of Telkom’s commitment to reduce the cost to communicate and provide all South Africans with greater internet access,” said Vitai.

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Two-thirds of adults ready for cars that drive themselves

The latest Looking Further with Ford Trends Report reveals that behaviour is changing across key areas of our lives

Self-driving cars are a hot topic today, but if you had to choose, would you rather your children ride in an autonomous vehicle or drive with a stranger? You may be surprised to learn that 67 per cent of adults globally would opt for the self-driving car.

That insight is one of many revealed in the 2019 Looking Further with Ford Trend Report, released last week. The report takes a deep look into the drivers of behavioural change, specifically uncovering the dynamic relationships consumers have with the shifting landscape of technology.

Change is not always easy, particularly when it is driven by forces beyond our control. In a global survey of 14 countries, Ford’s research revealed that 87 per cent of adults believe technology is the biggest driver of change. And while 79 per cent of adults maintain that technology is a force for good, there are large segments of the population that have significant concerns. Some are afraid of artificial intelligence (AI). Others fear the impact of technology on our emotional wellbeing.

“Individually and collectively, these behavioural changes can take us from feeling helpless to feeling empowered, and unleash a world of wonder, hope and progress,” says Kuda Takura, smart mobility specialist at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “At Ford we are deeply focused on human-centric design and are committed to finding mobility solutions that help improve the lives of consumers and their communities. In the context of change, we have to protect what we consider most valuable – having a trusted relationship with our customers. So, we are always deliberate and thoughtful about how we navigate change.”

Key insights from Ford’s 7th annual Trends Report:

Almost half of people around the world believe that fear drives change
Seven in 10 say that they are energised by change
87 per cent agree that technology is the biggest driver of today’s change
Eight in 10 citizens believe that technology is a force for good
45 per cent of adults globally report that they envy people who can disconnect from their devices
Seven out of 10 consumers agree that we should have a mandatory time-out from our devices

Click here to read more about the seven trends for 2019.

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Encounters festival to screen year’s hottest documentaries

The 21st Encounters South African International Documentary Festival has secured the rights to screen 2019’s most acclaimed documentaries.

Fresh from the world’s leading festivals, the documentaries put viewers in places as diverse as the front row of high-fashion’s runways to eavesdropping on an international racist conspiracy with South African ties, from a tribute to Pan-Africanism via Fela Kuti to Afrika Bambaataa’s search for his roots in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The opening night film, coming just weeks after its World Premiere in Competition at Hot Docs, Toronto’s holy grail of documentary film festivals, will be “Buddha In Africa”. Made by South African director Nicole Schafer, it receives its’ joint South African premiere at Encounters and the 40th Durban International Film Festival.

This delicately observed documentary is about a Malawian teenager in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, who finds himself torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. The film focuses on Enock, a young teenager caught between his traditional culture, his dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li and the strict discipline of Confucianism. Set against the backdrop of China’s growing influence on the African continent this essential film poses complex questions about race, imperialism, faith and culture and offers a subtle exploration of the impact of soft cultural power on the identity and interior life of a young boy and his community.

Director Schafer says: “It’s also about Africa’s relations with other foreign nations, including the former colonisers. It’s this idea that the key to the future of the continent’s development is always held by outsiders, and that in order to succeed, we have to adapt to foreign value systems and policies. I think Enock’s story challenges this idea in very refreshing ways.”

Click here to read about what’s to show at this year’s Encounters festival.

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